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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Classified Protest


If any of you have read Ian Glaspers book 'The Day The Country Died', there's a great section on South Wales bands. Icons Of Filth, No Choice, Shrapnel etc. & my own personal faves Classified Protest. The only band i've ever played in Surrealist Dream (shite name) even get a mention as Pig lead singer of Classified Protest (later of Rectify & now of This System Kills) remembers a gig we played with them as the first Classified Protest gig. It wasn't. The first time I saw Classified Protest was at one of those 'Battle Of The Bands' type deals in Ebbw Vale Leisure centre. We were there as a couple of our mates were doing this art noise type thing, where they just turned up and hit fuck out of stuff, and made a lot of noise and generally annoyed people. Most of the bands wanted to sound like Saxon at this event so we figured fun would ensue. We went with our mate Maggsy & were mainly of the Crass persuasion, black & more black.
All of the bands were taking it really seriously, our friends took the stage, us being in on the joke were laughing before 'Mummy Egg Box' (nice moniker) took the stage. Loads of feedback, loads of noise, loads of abuse & this army of 'One Way System' lookalikes giving it real shit. All these UK 82 types appeared from nowhere. Heckling & stuff. Maggs said he knew a few of them. They were Blaina Punks from over the valley. Mummy Egg Box got out alive, just.
Another crappy metal band..... then five of the 'One Way System' types got up and played. It was rough, ready and Punk As Fuck. We chatted after. We still chat.
Here's all three Classified Protest demos in one handy download. It was local, but just as influential on me as anything else at the time. Still sounds good to me. 21 tracks over three demos & numerous line ups. Some no longer with us. RIP Mudgey. Proper DIY. In it for life.

Classified Protest - Demos

7 Comments:

Anonymous gabe juska said...

hey could you email me a scan of the cover to this tape

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Jeronyme said...

Had to wait about 20 years to listen to these ones!!! Never Say Never!
Thanx a lot John!

6:49 PM  
Blogger John Liedown said...

gabe, drop us your e-mail and i'll try & sort you out.
J, 20 years too late, 20 years too late for what.
Nice to see you drop by!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Henk said...

Awesome! Thank you very much for putting up this one!!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous justin said...

I had posted one of these here http://mustard-relics.com/2008/02/18/classified-protest-music-for-the-streets-demo/ and just figured these guys had been lost in time as so many of the good bands too. I had a comment recently that led me to your site. I haven't had a chance to properly explore but I really like what i've seen so far. Thanx for your time and your efforts.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Any chance you could re-up these demos? I'd really like to hear them.

Cheers for the blog!

12:09 AM  
Anonymous postura desafiante zine said...

hi, any chance to get the cover of this tape please? im from chile and im doing a punkzine, and this issue wanna put something of classified protest but its too hard to find something.
if you can, please send an email:
posturadesafiantezine@hotmail.com

thanx

cheers!

3:09 PM  

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